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Respect One Another

Posted in Romans, Romans 14

Romans 14:1-6

Respect One Another

Prepared by Dr. John E. Marshall

The obvious moral laws of Christianity are above question. Like their Author, they remain the same yesterday, today, and forever. Adultery, murder, stealing, lying, etc. are always wrong. Honoring parents, loving one another, etc. are always right. When it comes to cardinal truths, we are not at liberty to believe what we wish to believe. Where the New Testament speaks clearly, we acquiesce.

Much about Christian living is left to us to decide. There are many doubtful matters, things the New Testament makes no definite pronouncement on.

Lest we think this issue does not apply to us, here are some of the not-for-sure issues we have had to face at Second Baptist in my 21 years here as Pastor. Is “pre-Christian” an acceptable term to use to describe unbelievers? Should our church boycott Disney, Target, Starbucks?

What kind of music should we use in public worship? Shouldn’t we worship on Saturday? Is it okay to speak in tongues or have a prayer language? Why don’t we use the King James Bible only?

Is it wrong to observe Halloween and Christmas (especially the tree)? Should women be allowed to teach men in Sunday School classes? Is it okay to watch R-rated movies, listen to Rock and Roll, or country music? Should we try the Lottery, play cards, go to a casino, or use dice?

What is our positi

Admonish One Another

Posted in Colossians, Colossians 3

Colossians 3:16b

Admonish One Another

Prepared by Dr. John E. Marshall

Col. 3:16b . . .and admonishing one another in all wisdom, . . .

As noted in our previous message, teaching is a vital part of church life. Every believer is expected to do it somehow somewhere in some type of setting. Now we look at admonishing, which entails correction, warning people of dangerous behaviors, challenging them to change their ways from wrong to right.

This can be difficult because the listeners often do not want to change. When this is the case, teachers who need to admonish are immediately at a disadvantage.

They are trying to teach and apply truth, but the listeners are not interested in anything they disagree with, or that disrupts something they enjoy doing, even sin.

People can grow to being insensitive to God’s truth regarding a needed behavior change. If this happens, they want no demands made on their lifestyles.

Some go so far as to join a church only if it agrees with their unscriptural beliefs. They sacrifice the admonishing that Bible truth graciously provides in order to know they will not have their personal preference in a matter contested.

Paul, in his writings, regularly admonished his readers, but often only after he felt compelled to reprove their prior lack of receptivity to his words. His main difficulty often was not his subject, but his listeners.